Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Final Countdown

School begins Monday! 
  • Room ready?                 check!
  • Lesson plans ready?      check!
  • Nervous?                       check?
I still get nervous after 22 years of teaching.  I just pray that I have everything ready and that this first week of school goes smoothly.  I know there will be "hiccups" during this first week, but teachers have to be flexible and ready for anything. 

I'm a little late, but I wanted to link up with Ms. Jessica at A Turn to Learn for her Back to School Jitters Linky Party.  Here is what is on my mind.

Back to School Jitters Linky Party

I also wanted to share the student gifts I put together for open house.  They were extremely inexpensive.  I purchased the cups at Dollar General for 6 for $1.  Tissue paper total cost was $2.  I purchased 100 straws for $1, and the suckers were around $2.  Total cost for 18 gifts was approximately $6, and I have many straws left over.  My husband help me make the mascot stickers to go on each cup.  The students really seemed to love them, and I thought they turned out cute!



  1. I am always nervous for the first day of school too! Doesn't matter how many years you have been teaching. I hope your first day is wonderful.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  2. I'm always nervous too...I definitely need to remember to be flexible! I'm a new follower! Thanks for following me.

    Craft of Teaching

  3. I don't know if I get nervous..or just excited! It reminds me of Christmas of my favorite days! :)
    Have a wonderful first day...really like your cup and straw idea!

    Teise's Tidbits

  4. I also still get nervous! Your welcome back gifts are cute! I hope you had a relaxing week-end and have a great first day!

    Teaching Special Kids

  5. I love your straw and cup gift, they are so cute! I am sure your first week will be amazing :)

    Teaching Chick

  6. The cups came out great. I think the mascot really makes it.


  7. Your cups are so cute! Did you make the mascot stickers, too? I'm nervous, too! I switched grade levels so I'm out of my comfort zone. Wishing you a very smooth beginning on Monday.

    Teaching with Moxie

    1. Thank you! My husband helped me make the stickers. He has a large machine to design and cut out vinyl. Best wishes to you as you begin your new grade level!


  8. Kelly I understand what you mean about being nervous, it's my 19th year and I always get this way too! can't imagine just starting out, it must be worse!

  9. Only 18 kids! Any teacher would kill for that. Lucky! Hope you enjoy the first week of school.


  10. I know. I am very blessed to have a small group. I have now grown to 20, but I still consider myself having a small class.


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